Name Game: Use the children's names to teach phonics. For example, write on a chart the sentence "If your name has the letter __ in it, put it here." Have all the children's names in a basket. The children sort the names that have the letter requested and put it in another basket. Write other sentences that use the children's names, like: "If your name starts with the letter __"; or, "ends with the letter ___ "; or, "has the diagraph ___." Virtually any phonics rule can be used; you will be able to teach most of the phonics the children need to learn. Change the letter on the chart each week. For more information on this activity see Watermelon Pie and Other Slices, page 74.